Do you remember the bestselling book of 1940? How about 1970? Publisher's Weekly has put together a list of the top-selling books for the twentieth century - here is a selection of some of these books. What a fabulous way to take a journey back in time and revisit some of your favorite titles.

Bestselling books for each year (1900 to 1999): View the Full List

To Have and to Hold

Mary Johnston

To Have and to Hold

To Have and To Hold is set in the early days of the Jamestown settlement, and comes replete with swordfights, adventure, and murder.

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The Cardinal

Henry Morton Robinson

The Cardinal

An Irish American priest whose strong commitment to social issues leads him through a labyrinth of church politics and eventually to the upper echelons of Catholic hierarchy as Cardinal.

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The Rosary

Florence Barclay

The Rosary

A novel of late Victorian English gentry, this love story is of a plain looking woman who an artist falls in love with.

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Advise & Consent

Allen Drury

Advise & Consent

The book's portrait of the workings of the American Senate has never been equaled, either in fact or fiction. This book proves that sometimes the novel can be more truthful and enlightening than reportage.

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The Man of the Forest

Zane Grey

The Man of the Forest

Accidentally overhearing a plot to kidnap the niece of a prominent rancher as she arrives from the East, Milt Dale springs into action. He comes out of his splendid isolation to protect Helen and her kid sister, Bo.

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Love Story

Erich Segal

Love Story

Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything ... yet will end too soon. A love that will linger in your heart now and forever.

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Cimarron

Edna Ferber

Cimarron

Through Sabra's eyes we see the violent frontier collide with resentful Indians, the sodbusters tame the prairie, and the sudden fortune of a lucky few.

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The Covenant

James A. Michener

The Covenant

From the first Afrikaners to the powerful Zulu nation, and the missionaries who lived with both—all of them will influence and take part in the wars and politics that will change a nation forever.

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How Green Was My Valley

Richard Llewellyn

How Green Was My Valley

Llewellyn's tale of a young man's coming-of-age in a small Welsh mining town--the basis for the beloved film of the same name--is a beautiful story told in words which have Welsh music in them...a book which will live in the mind and memory of its readers.

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The Plains of Passage

Jean M. Auel 

The Plains of Passage

The best-selling author of the Earth's Children series continues the epic story of Ayla, the mythical heroine of Ice Age Europe. The Plains of Passage takes Ayla and the brave Jondolar on a dangerous cross-continental odyssey in search of that place they call home.

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Bestsellers

Top Ten Bestsellers on AbeBooks.com - June

  1. Big Russ and Me
    Tim Russert
  2. Wisdom of Our Fathers
    Tim Russert
  3. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
    Daniel Amen
  4. Dreams of My Father
    Barack Obama
  5. The Pillars Of The Earth
    Ken Follett
  6. The Red Car
    Don Stanford
  7. A New Earth
    Eckhart Tolle
  8. Three Cups of Tea
    Greg Mortenson
  9. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Culinary and Menu Terms
    Rodney Dale
  10. Night
    Elie Wiesel